Keep Luna County Beautiful received a $5,000 grant from Lowe’s /KAB Community Improvement Grant. With the grant, Keep Luna County Beautiful was able to start an Outdoor Classroom in the community. The students were able to enjoy learning how to plant and care for a garden. Many of the students attended our cooking classes where they could learn how to use the produce they grew in very tasty meals. The students learned life skills that they could take back home and teach to their families. This has a major impact to our community due to our area being close to the border and many families have difficulty paying for fresh produce to feed their families. Thank you to Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful for the opportunity to start this project in our community.
There’s a new wildflower field in Lewisville courtesy of a $5,000 KAB/Lowe’s Community Improvement Grant.
During national Make a Difference Day in late October, 255 Keep Lewisville Beautiful volunteers worked to make Lewisville a more beautiful place to live. KLB volunteers set out at 9:00 a.m. at Lake Park to plant 1.33 acres of Texas native wildflower seeds that will bloom late next spring/early summer. Volunteers collectively spent over 510 hours preparing the soil and sowing more than 85 pounds of seeds along a field adjacent to Trotline and Lake Lewisville shoreline. Volunteers also planted more than 180 physical plants, along the field’s edges to promote growth and provide a boundary for the field and walking paths.
In addition to planting the wildflowers, volunteers also conducted a cleanup of Lake Park and the surrounding area — picking up 56 bags of trash and nine bags of recyclables. Offsite, Girl Scout service unit 406, led by Stacey Campbell, cleaned up additional community locations in conjunction with the national Make A Difference Day and Keep America Beautiful’s National Planting Day. An estimated 850,000 wildflowers will bloom this Spring, creating beautiful backdrop for pictures, picnics, and recreational enjoyment.
Thanks to Lowe’s corporate funding and local Lowe’s Heroes’ assistance, the City of Lewisville Parks and Leisure Services, We Plus You, Keep America Beautiful, and Keep Lewisville Beautiful volunteers who helped make this project possible.
Keep Virginia Beautiful’s “30 Grants in 30 Days” was a great success in 2013! Our nearly 3,000 volunteers worked tirelessly to make the 30 projects a great success, cleaning up 14,057 pounds of debris; planting 705 plants and 109 trees; and installing 25 gardens. Keep Virginia Beautiful would like to thank Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful for their sponsorship of our “30 in 30″ program in 2013!
On Oct. 26, City Year Washington, D.C. organized more than 150 volunteers for Make A Difference Day. The day, a partnership with DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, was part of a series of service days this fall that have engaged hundreds of volunteers in Washington, D.C.
On Make A Difference Day, volunteers transformed the former Kenilworth Elementary School into an after-school and adult education center for the community. Volunteers painted hallways, bathrooms, and stairwells, remaking them into a chic and modern décor.
Special thanks to our service sponsors and partners: DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, Serve DC, Starbucks, DC Central Kitchen and Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s. This project was supported through a KAB/Lowe’s Community Improvement Grant. (Photo by Joel Mason Gaines.)
There’s a new greenhouse in Allen courtesy of a $5,000 Lowe’s/KAB Community Improvement Grant. Keep Allen Beautiful and the City of Allen’s Urban Forestry Division teamed up with the local Lowe’s Heroes to purchase and install a much-needed and greatly anticipated greenhouse. The City of Allen is a growing suburb in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex that takes great pride in providing high-quality public amenities for its 88,600+ residents. Allen’s Urban Forestry Division maintains the City’s urban forest as well as all public park and open space landscape beds consisting of 63 public sites that total 876 maintained public acres, with an additional 225 undeveloped acres to be landscaped and maintained in the future.
The new greenhouse will give failing plants a place to recoup when the ever-changing Texas weather puts them under too much stress, as well as providing a place to grow new plants and nurture plants that have been removed for road expansions. Of course, getting a jump-start on spring plants during the winter instead of purchasing plants is also a rationale for the new structure. Putting the greenhouse to work stretches public tax dollars in sustaining the City’s public landscapes. The Urban Forestry Division is currently working on the final plans for an educational component, hoping to open the greenhouse for educational purposes in the coming months.
Thanks to Lowe’s corporate funding and local Lowe’s Heroes’ installation assistance, the City of Allen Urban Forestry Division and Keep Allen Beautiful have a much-needed greenhouse purchased, installed, and fully operational!
On a chilly Saturday morning in November 2012, a group of Lowe’s Heroes assembled with KIB staffers along Fall Creek waterway to plant 71 large, Indiana native trees, as part of a native habitat restoration effort along this Indianapolis waterway. Planting trees as “green infrastructure” lessens the pressure on our city’s combined sewer system, reducing overflow events into Fall Creek, and improving our the quality of our waterways.
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) has had a wonderful experience partnering with Lowe’s locally. KIB received a 2012 grant from Keep America Beautiful and Lowe’s to plant 180 trees as part of our Fall Creek restoration project. Lowe’s brought out 40 extremely hard-working volunteers, who were all in good spirits despite the cold, damp morning, and they got the trees planted in just about an hour and a half! Several Lowe’s employees also told us that they learned the proper way to plant a tree!
Altogether last fall, volunteers and KIB staff planted a total of 183 trees along Fall Creek, despite the severe drought in central Indiana, which compressed our planting schedule. Thank you again to Keep America Beautiful and Lowe’s for the wonderful support of trees and “green” in Indy!
The Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (GRDC) is partnering with Keep Detroit Beautiful, the Rosedale Grandmont Little League, the City of Detroit, Wayne County and several corporate and local business supporters to renovate the four baseball fields at Stoepel Park No. 1 in northwest Detroit.
The goal of the project is make these baseball fields safe and competitive for the 500+ youth who participate in the local baseball league. To date, we have raised over $450,000 in funding to install a walking path, remove dozens of scrub and dead trees, install fencing around the fields, re-grade the fields, repair broken fencing, install outfield distance signage, create a Green Infrastructure Plan for the park, and install bleachers. The Lowes/Keep America Beautiful grant was used to install warning tracks in three of the outfields. While the total project is not yet complete (1 more field and set of dugouts are still in need of renovations and improvements), this project has only been made possible through the collaboration of many different individuals and entities, all of whom want our kids to have a safe playing environment.